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Hoopfest has been canceled, but the spirit of the tournament will carry on at a few neighborhood courts around the city.
When the new plaza across Spokane Falls Boulevard from the downtown library opens today, it will be lauded as a new gathering place for the people of Spokane. But it also marks the near-completion of the Spokane Gorge Loop trail.
It’s unclear to the city and the construction firm behind the work why pipes are sagging beneath the streets of the historic neighborhood, but it’s likely crews will need to dig to fix it this spring.
The Maple Street Bridge, which opened to traffic on July 1, 1958, is 1,716 feet long, towering 125 feet above the Spokane River, and its road surface is 50 feet wide, plus a 5-foot-wide pedestrian path on the southbound side.
Residents of Peaceful Valley whose commutes have been disrupted by roadwork these past several months may take solace in the earlier chapters of their neighborhood’s history, when residents faced far greater hardships and persevered.
Peaceful Valley is a stone’s throw from downtown Spokane, but if you walk its streets you are more likely to encounter a park ranger than a meter maid.
Spokane’s not exactly flat city. The Spokane River gorge and the slopes of the city give Spokane character, but they do make getting around a bit harder.
Since 1917, a patch of grass in Peaceful Valley has carried the name of one of Spokane’s founding fathers. Now, it is being renamed after an even more ancient resident: the region’s redband trout.
James N. Glover Field was dedicated in 1917 for the man who bought the land that became Spokane and laid out its first streets. After a century, it could get a new name amid concerns about Glover’s past, including the treatment of his first wife.
A boat launch will likely be built in Peaceful Valley in 2018 using money from a popular, but doomed, river gorge project.
Two boys, 15 and 16, made a daring escape from the county juvenile detention center — but they didn’t get far. It all began when the two boys, being held as vagrants, were sent upstairs to clean the dormitories. The matron followed a few minutes later, but heard a crash.
Mrs. Grace Kendall was appointed a “special officer” of the Spokane police, with the authority to inspect and report on the “moral conditions” in the city’s parks and dance halls. She would be working under the direction of the Florence Crittenton Home, Spokane’s home for unwed mothers. She was described as a “woman of wide experience.”
Residents would be asked to buy a $25 pass, good for the entire summer, to park on two blocks in the historic neighborhood popular with rafters, kayakers and tubers. But neighbors said Wednesday they had concerns about paying a fee to park on public streets, and the proposal – which could spread to other areas of town – was put on hold.
How bad was the flooding in North Idaho? The building of the Harrison Gun Club “floated down Lake Coeur d’Alene.”
When Mary Jo Faulhaber saw water from the Spokane River creeping onto her property and threatening to flood her basement this morning, she called her good friend and ex-neighbor Heidi Boehl.
As authorities monitor flooding this week around the Spokane region, the damage sustained can’t compare to some of Spokane’s worst flooding seasons. There have been many years where floodwaters have hit the city’s low-lying areas.
A stalled and once controversial condominium building project is back on track, due to an improved economy and a perceived desire for “luxury high rise” living units in downtown Spokane. Developer Mick McDowell and his wife, Shelley, are planning to build a 14-story, 50-unit tower on West Riverside Avenue overlooking the Peaceful Valley neighborhood.
The Spokane City Council voted 7-0 in support of neighborhood action plan, which focuses on preserving access to parks and transportation, improving the look and safety of its streets, conserving the natural setting, protecting the neighborhood’s charm and improving its public spaces.
One of the oldest homes in Spokane is not a mansion belonging to one of the mining or real estate barons whose names grace schools, streets and parks in the city. It is the Franz Pietsch House in Peaceful Valley, built by a German immigrant who worked as a farmer, bricklayer and mason. The Pietsch House is a two-and-a-half story brick structure in a rare-for-the-area Italianate style that stands tall among the smaller one-story homes around it. It was designed and built by Pietsch in 1891-92 and is the oldest single-family home in Peaceful Valley, an area first developed as a working class neighborhood just west and downhill from downtown Spokane. There are not many homes older than this one in all of Spokane.
A tiny new graveled trail runs near the Spokane River in Peaceful Valley, thanks to erosion and an exposed sewer pipe. While it may not sound like the best place to walk, it’s a step up from the sandbags that were previously piled up against an exposed manhole and the dusty goat trails that invited only the slightly adventurous and surefooted.